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Yesterday, the Scottish band announced that their two hometown gigs at the Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom would see them joined by Frightened Rabbit’s drummer, Scott’s brother Grant Hutchison. Mogwai’s Alex Mackay also stepped in for Twilight Sad guitarist Andy MacFarlane, who was unable to perform “due to personal reasons”.
The band have regularly covered ‘Keep Yourself Warm’ at shows since their close friend Hutchison took his own life in 2018. They’ve also covered ‘Fast Blood’ on a few occasions, but last night’s show marked an emotional climax with Grant getting back behind the drums to perform the Frightened Rabbit favourite in front of The Twilight Sad’s hometown crowd.
After the show, Twilight Sad frontman James Graham later wrote on Twitter: “I honestly can’t put into words how grateful we are for the and support we have received in the past couple of days. I’ll never forget everyone inside The Barrowlands from the crowd to the amazing staff helping me through the gig. I love you all, thank you for everything.”
Grant meanwhile shared some images on Instagram, including one of he and Graham embracing, before describing Barrowlands as “a special place made all the more special by the people who fill it.”
He cotinued: “So much love for everybody in that room but most of all the four folk who allowed me to share the stage with them. Such a surreal mix of ridiculous and completely normal. So so good to be back up there. #therabbitwontdie”.
I honestly can’t put into words how grateful we are for the ❤️ & support we have received in the past couple of days. I’ll never forget everyone inside @TheBarrowlands from the crowd to the amazing staff helping me through the gig. I love you all, thank you for everything
— the twilight sad (@thetwilightsad) April 3, 2022
They last performed the song with Grant, along with Frightened Rabbit’s Billy Kennedy and Andy Monaghan, at a special charity tribute show in Glasgow in 2019 – where Biffy Clyro, Fiskur and Kathryn Joseph also played. The Twilight Sad also covered ‘Floating In The Forth’ for a tribute album of Frightened Rabbit’s seminal second album, ‘The Midnight Organ Fight‘.
Speaking to NME in 2018 about the decision to make ‘Keep Yourself Warm’ a staple of their set, Graham said: “We have been playing it and I’ve bawled my eyes out and probably will again, but even if there’s one person in the crowd who loved Scott then it’s worth it. I don’t know if other people have had the release that we’ve been able to have. If they see me being a bawling mess on stage, then maybe they’ll realise it’s OK to release these feelings. You can not keep this shit inside.
“After what’s happened with Scott, it proves that you’ve got to share things with each other. It’s never going to get easy. We phone each other and speak about it every day now and it doesn’t feel real at all, but we’ve got a platform to sing Scott’s songs. If we don’t do that, then shame on us. That song’s in our set forever now.”
Bandmate Andy MacFarlane added: “Grant says that Scott would have preferred our version any way! He’d think we’re cheeky c**ts.”
The Twilight Sad will play a second night at the Barrowlands tonight (Saturday April 2). They’ll also be supporting The Cure on all of their upcoming UK and European shows for 2022, while Arab Strap will be touring the UK and Europe throughout the year. Visit here to buy tickets.
Last month, Graham announced the debut album of Gentle Sinners – his side-project with Arab Strap’s Aidan Moffat. ‘These Actions Cannot Be Undone’ will be released on May 13 via Rock Action, with a vinyl release to follow in September. Check out our interview with Graham and Moffat here.
Fans can donate to a Tiny Changes, a mental health charity set up in Hutchison’s memory, here.
Meanwhile, Hutchison’s family and Frightened Rabbit bandmates recently released The Work, a book collecting and celebrating the late frontman’s lyrics and art.